Tuck essays, as the time ticks away
I am yet to get in touch with someone from Tuck. The TUCK Connections is still waiting for the fall to begin. I hope it begins soon !!
Update on 21st Sept : Tuck Connections is live !
I really like Tuck’s essays. Though not finalised yet, it wasn’t so tough to answer them. Also, there’s only a recommended word limit of 500 words. Not sure if I can extend one of my essay to upto 800 words.
Essay 1: Why is an MBA a critical next step toward your short- and long-term career goals? Why is Tuck the best MBA program for you?
Wonderful! Don’t come here if you just want to do an MBA for the heck of it. It should be critical for your career. Mine’s just a step away from the ICU. So answering this comes easily. Is Tuck the best MBA program for you? If yes, you’d know how to answer why. If not, you can insert the usual cliches. The good thing about Tuck is you can’t just have it on your list as just another school. Never make that mistake, as it’d be easy to spot in these essays.
Essay 2: Tuck defines leadership as “inspiring others to strive and enabling them to accomplish great things.” We believe great things and great leadership can be accomplished in pursuit of business and societal goals. Describe a time when you exercised such leadership. Discuss the challenges you faced and the results you achieved. What characteristics helped you to be effective, and what areas do you feel you need to develop in order to be a better leader?
Now isn’t 500 a little less for a question of so many words itself? The words just keep flowing once I get started with this essay. Its like a SWOT analysis of yourself. If you want to gauge your fit at Tuck then check if your definition of leadership matches with Tuck’s.
Essay 3: Discuss the most difficult constructive criticism or feedback you have received. How did you address it? What have you learned from it?
I can think of a number of difficult feedbacks, but upon rumination, none of them were constructive. Can I be plain honest and say that, and give instances of these feedbacks and why they weren’t constructive? I mean, they were all meant to be constructive. The people thought they were doing me a big favour in giving me that feedback, but none of them were really positive. Would a constructive albeit negative feedback qualify for a mention in this essay ? What do you think ? I don’t want to make up a story. Do you think plain honesty would be appreciated, or would it instead show a person who doesn’t know the value of a good feedback when he’s given one. One who doesn’t learn from mistakes. I’m certainly not of that kind.
Essay 4: Tuck seeks candidates of various backgrounds who can bring new perspectives to our community. How will your unique personal history, values, and/or life experiences contribute to the culture at Tuck?
Ok this seems to me a slight variation from a similar one in Kellogg. The Kellogg one asks how your background, values etc. will enhance the experience of other students, whereas Tuck wants to know how such things would be a good fit with Tuck’s culture. So I think the focus has to remain on yourself and the identification with Tuck’s culture, rather than the steps you would take (club memberships, initiatives at school etc.). Let me know if you think I’ve got this wrong?
Half the month is already over. Acceleration is the key word here, without crossing the speed limits!
I still need to get in touch with someone from Tuck and Wharton. Not that I need to be more convinced about these schools, but talking to an insider always helps.